The Republican National Committee chairman predicted Tuesday that things are about to become even more complicated for Hillary Clinton who is days away from the Democratic Party's national convention next week.
Reince Priebus told CNN host Wolf Blitzer even though the former secretary of state was not found at fault for various violations of State Department protocols, the resolved incident will continue to be an issue the Clinton campaign must fight through November.
"First of all, it is not going to go away. In fact, I think in many ways, this is going to be even worse for Hillary Clinton because what's being talked about now is just sort of the inconsistencies, I think, in the system," Priebus said. "When Donald Trump said it is a rigged system. I heard some people were critical of that. What is it then?"
Priebus, a lawyer, also pointed to military cases where soldiers have been charged for far less as a result of sharing classified information, and were fined or sentenced to prison for their crimes.
Blitzer asked the Republican leader if he believed there was a conspiracy between the Clintons, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey.
"I don't know, Wolf," Priebus replied. "But what I look at — and I think what a lot of people are looking at — is an FBI director that came out and for about 12 minutes, described a textbook definition of gross negligence which is what the statute, which would trigger the statutes. He described gross negligence and then recommended no charge."
Priebus said it would have been a different story if Comey had vindicated Clinton.